[The following blog post was written to determine what, if anything, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is doing to reform Islam in America. Reformation of Islamic ideology in America is necessary if we are going live in peace free from Islamic terrorists and Muslims must take some, if not all, of the responsibility to make that happen. It is, after all, their ideology and practices that are at the root of the problem. Simply put, Muslims have to recognize and take ownership of the problem.
This post was sent twice to the CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad on the CAIR contact us web page. No response has been received.]
CAIR seems to be the only Islamic organization in the U.S. that appears to be anything close to a unifying voice for the autonomous Muslim clerics across the country. Further, CAIR seems to be very influential with the White House having succeeded in convincing the administration to replace words like “jihad” and phrases like “Islamist terrorism” or “radical Islam” with terminology they consider more politically correct. I’m therefore appealing to CAIR to answer a few questions which I believe are of extreme concern to non-Muslim Americans regarding CAIR’s position on a few issues and what CAIR is doing to address these issues.
According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, Islam can be divided into two camps: Mecca Muslims and Medina Muslims, The Mecca Muslims follow Mohammad’s peaceful period while the Medina Muslims follow the Quranic verses from his war-like period. CAIR seems to follow the Mecca Muslim teachings. But if, as you say repeatedly on the CAIR website, the “Quran is Islam’s revealed text,” without getting into issues in comparative religion, what are we to make of verses like 9:5 and 9:29, for example, which seem to be foundational to Islamic terrorists and are in opposition to the verse ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ (2:256)?
It has been variously reported that 80% of the mosques and Islamic schools in the U.S. receive funding and materials from Saudi Arabia and their Wahhabi clerics with their strict adherence to sharia or Islamic law and the Muslim Brotherhood. Another report identified 83 extremist Muslim organizations – mosques, schools, community centers and communes – across our country. What is CAIR’s position on these dangerous organizations and what is CAIR doing about it? Is CAIR doing anything to reeducate the leaders of these organizations? CAIR, with its knowledge of the first amendment, must know that the preaching of politics, no matter how it is camouflaged, and terrorism in all religious institutions is haram in this country.
A number of states have passed or proposed legislation banning the use of sharia law in our secular court system. Given CAIR’s stated support for our Constitution, what is CAIR’s position on the use of sharia law anywhere in the U.S.?
“Supporting accommodation of Islamic religious requirements in the workplace and in schools” – dietary laws, attire and prayers – is mentioned several places on the CAIR website. Submitting to these requirements takes us down the path of stealth sharia and a state of dhimmis which in the U.S. would be discriminatory and unconstitutional especially for those institutions receiving tax-dollar funding. President Obama recently rejected a proposal that Muslims should somehow be treated differently and that Muslims must confront an extremist ideology without excuse. Why would CAIR, who supports our constitution, advocate for these discriminatory practices when no other ethnic or religious group receives similar accommodations?
What is CAIR’s position on terroristic and misogynistic sects like the Wahhabis, Salafists and Alawites?
What is CAIR’s position on the establishment of a worldwide caliphate which is the stated objective of ISIS or IS? CAIR has said that it rejects the ideology of IS yet this ideology is born out of the Quran which we are led to believe is the infallible word of God and Islam’s revealed text.
While it is understandable that CAIR’s focus is on Islam in America it is notable that CAIR is silent when it comes to the persecution of Christians at the hands of Muslims around the world: from church burnings to outright genocide to the banning of Christians in Saudi Arabia. What is CAIR’s position on the atrocities committed against Christians and Jews in the name of Islam?
It is interesting that the CAIR website has a provision for people to report instances of Islamophobia and intolerance, yet Islam by virtue of its Quranic verses and its actions around the world seems to hold the modern record on intolerance. Islam and CAIR should instead look for ways to eliminate intolerance as practiced by its followers.
Where did Muslims get the idea that they are somehow special and have the right to engage in a violent us-versus-them clash of cultures and run roughshod over anyone who does not share their faith? From the Quran and from their clerics, no doubt. Perhaps CAIR, as the voice of Islam in America, can institute some actions aimed at reformation within the growing Muslim communities.
The CAIR website states that “CAIR exists to uphold the right to liberty that Americans are guaranteed under the Constitution,” is against terrorism and advocates for Islamic values of compassion, tolerance and moderation. This position is laudable indeed but CAIR must do more. Isn’t it past time that Muslims leave the barbarism of the 7th century behind and join the 21st century?
[Remember the 9/11 victims!]